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Police hunt for motorist who drove wrong way along dual-carriageway

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414 between Hatfield and St Albans.

Police tried to stop the vehicle which was travelling west towards St Albans on Saturday 7 January.

The driver pulled into the Shell petrol station before driving through the forecourt and back onto the carriageway, travelling in the wrong direction.

Officers say they did not pursue the vehicle for the safety of members of the public.

“This was an extremely dangerous thing to do as it put other road users at risk of serious, or even fatal injury.

“We are working to trace the person responsible and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who thinks they know the identity of the driver to please get in touch.”

– PC Pete Talbot, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Tributes paid to driver killed when his car left the road

Tributes have been paid to a man who died when his car left the road in Baldock in Hertfordshire on Saturday 1 October.

Mark Knights, 54, was driving a green Toyota Hilux on Bygrave Road, shortly after 1am when the crash happened. Police are still investigating what caused the car to leave the road.

Mark Knights died in a road accident on Saturday 1 October in Baldock. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

“Mark was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, father and friend. The void left in our lives since his passing will never be filled. He will always be missed by all who loved and knew him.

“We are still trying to come to terms with what has happened and ask to be left alone so that we can grieve in peace.”

– Family Statement

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Have you seen missing Helen?

Hertfordshire Police say concern is growing for a woman from Royston who's not been seen for almost a week.

51-year-old Helen Bailey is described as slim, with long black hair but it is not known what she was wearing at the time she went missing.

She was last seen around 2.45pm on Monday April 11.

It is also believed that Helen has her dog with her – a miniature Dachshund. Helen is known to have connections to Kent, Northumbria and London.

Missing Helen Bailey Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Man hit in face with champagne bottle in Stevenage

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was hit in the face with champagne bottle in Stevenage on Saturday evening.

The victim, a 34 year old man, was approached by four males believed to be aged between 17 and 20.

One of the men attacked him with a champagne bottle, causing him to lose two teeth. The victim ran off and hid until the offenders had left the scene. He then realised his red mountain bike had been taken.

The incident happened between 7.50pm and 8pm in Shephell View.

Two people charged with slavery offences in St Albans

Hertfordshire Police have charged two people in St Albans with offences connected to slavery.

Johnny Murphy, 25, and Shanon Loveridge, 22, were both charged with knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour in St Albans between April 2010 and September 2014.

Their arrest followed advice from Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service.

In March officers from Hertfordshire Police executed a warrant at an address in St Albans following following reports of potential human trafficking taking place on the premises.

Jonny and Shannon have been released on bail and will appear before St Albans Magistrates Court on Tuesday 27 October.

A 62-year-old woman has been released without charge.

Man watched boy while he was in changing room

An e-fit image of a man police would like to speak to. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Police in Hertfordshire are investigating reports that a man spied on an 11-year-old boy while he was in a changing room cubicle in Hitchin.

Officers have released an e-fit image of someone they would like to speak to in connection with their inquiries.

The incident reportedly happened at about 6.05pm on Tuesday June 24 at a swimming pool in Fishponds Road.

The victim was getting changed when a man entered an adjacent cubicle and looked over to watch him.

He is described as being white, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall, and of slim build.

“This incident has understandably left the victim shaken as it is a total invasion of his privacy. We would like to identify this man as quickly as possible."

– PC Phil Snook, Hertfordshire Police.

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Police target speeding motorists

The colder months often bring difficult driving conditions. So before winter sets in, Hertfordshire Police are stepping up patrols on the county's roads.

It's a visible presence - using marked cars, and speed guns to slow people down. The force hopes seeing more police around will mean drivers think twice about breaking the limit.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

Herts Police tackling speeders

Hertfordshire Police are stepping up patrols on the county's roads. Credit: ITV Anglia

All this month Hertfordshire Police are stepping up patrols on the county's roads in a crackdown on speeding.

They will be using marked cars, and speed guns to slow people down.

The force hopes seeing more police around will mean drivers think twice about breaking the limit.

This week alone they've caught more than 100 people speeding.

Police hunt for man in connection with Berkhamsted murder

Ian John McLoughlin who police want to question about the incident Credit: Herts Police

Police are searching for a 55-year-old man after a pensioner was found murdered in Berkhamsted.

Officers have released an image of Ian John McLoughlin, the man they would like to talk to, who is also known as Ian John Baker.

The victim, a man in his 70s, was found dead at an address on Nettleden Road on Saturday afternoon.

A second man in his 80s has been taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

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